Hard-fought derby win for Clevedon United

PUBLISHED: 15:16 25 February 2015

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Clevedon United defeated Portishead Reserves in a hard-fought derby encounter.

Clevedon Utd 2

Portishead Res 0

THIS was a hard-fought local derby, with United eventually coming out on top, getting back to winning ways.

A defensive masterclass from the back four of Andy Woodlands, Mark Harris, Ben Povey and man of the match Chris Thomas, kept the visitors restricted to just a few shots.

United’s midfield dominated, with Chris Wall holding and Nick Austin running free, linking the play. Max James gave United the lead after a lovely move involving Luke Hyde, Austin and Wall, with James finishing convincingly.

Mike Purnell doubled the lead towards the end with a nonchalant finish, fooling the keeper with a deft touch before rolling home.

Shipham Ath 2

Clevedon Utd B 6

UNITED’S 100 per cent record remains intact this season after a possession-based plan of attack kept the home side chasing shadows for most of the game.

Lucaz Malinowski opened the scoring, his seventh in as many starts this season. Sam Dix got on the end of a fine cross from Luke Rowlands, while Wayne Burgess assisted Liam Richards for his first-ever senior goal.

United conceded two goals in the first-half after some clumsy defending, leaving Lee Brown with two one-on-ones to face, which were both coolly despatched by the Shipham striker.

United turned on the style in the second half with some lovely one-touch passing between Dix, Nicky Lee, Rowlands, Cane Parsons and when Simon Fruidge set Burgess free, he made no mistake.

Straight after the kick-off, United won a free kick 10 yards inside Shipham’s half and while the Shipham keeper arranged his defenceLee audaciously chipped him from 50 yards. Rowlands finished off the rout with a clumsy finish.

Clevedon Utd A 2

Worle 1

UNITED progressed in this cup game thanks to a victory over a strong Worle side.

Tony Gibson bossed the defence, keeping the visitors at bay, but Worle took the lead, before Mike Pscina equalised and Mike Shipway stole the win just before full time, when a defender’s clearance rebounded off his chin to roll over the line for the victory.


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